Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said his government has taken concrete steps for development of the State. “Today, we are at a crucial juncture in the history of Andhra Pradesh. We need to work together with commitment”, he added.
“Only through hard work and dedication, we will achieve the desired results”, said the Chief Minister at a teleconference held with 5,600 officials, public representatives and government machinery. The residuary State started with a revenue deficit of Rs 16,000 crore and the Centre had released only Rs 2,300 crore so far. Bifurcation of institutions under Schedule 9 and 10 is yet to be completed, he added.
In spite of these hurdles, Andhra Pradesh, in the last two years, registered a growth rate of more than 3 per cent when compared to the national level. To sustain this, the Chief Minister appealed to all sections to work with renewed vigour. He pointed to the fact that Andhra Pradesh was still backward with low levels of per capita income compared to its neighboring States. The per capita income in Andhra Pradesh is Rs 1,03,000 whereas it is Rs 1,38,000 in Telangana and Rs 1,40,000 in Karnataka. He said it was the Centre’s responsibility to help the new State till it reaches par with its neighbouring States. The Chief Minister also appealed to the people of the State to participate in the week-long activities of ‘Nava Nirmana Deeksha’ and make it a grand success. (NSS)